M­­oves

K&L Gates has hired Addleshaw Goddard corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson into its equity partnership. Robertson joined Addleshaws in 2007 from Peters & Peters in a move seen as a boost to the firm’s white-collar crime expertise.


Elizabeth Robertson
Elizabeth Robertson

Move of the week

In 2010 she represented three Pakistani cricketers – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – who were subsequently jailed for their parts in a betting scam.

Robertson left Addleshaws in December, sources close to the firm said, but it was not until this month that she secured a place at K&L Gates.

UK

London

Osborne Clarke has elected two corporate partners as new heads of its London and Thames Valley offices after contested elections in both locations. Corporate partner Andrew Saul replaces digital business and commercial partner Simon Rendell as head of the London office at the end of this month after Rendell serving nearly six years in the role. James Massey-Collier, also a partner in the corporate team, has been elected to the role of Thames Valley head, replacing Danielle Kingdon, who has held the position since fellow Thames Valley partner Greg Leyshon exited the role in early 2010 to become head of markets.

Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has hired a five-strong banking team, including two partners, from Stephenson Harwood. Partners John Pike and Ted Harrison, and associates Ben Truman, Pauline Ho and Richard Hathaway, all join Dundas’s banking team in London.

Maples Teesdale has hired Taylor Wessing associate Jon Blackburn into its corporate team.

Schillings has promoted two lawyers to its partnership. Jenny Afia and Chris Scott have both been made up, taking the firm’s partner headcount to seven.

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted structured finance lawyer Dimitrios Logizidis to partner in its London office.

LG has hired three Stephenson Harwood lawyers into its City finance partnership. Real estate finance consultant John Fox and senior associates Matthew East and Simon Elphick will join LG as partners in March.

Wiggin has added David Deakin to its broadcast and digital content team. He joins as a consultant, having been head of business and legal affairs, digital media and technology, at BBC Worldwide.

North

Stewarts Law has hired Tom Matusiak for its Leeds commercial litigation team. Matusiak, a solicitor advocate, joins Stewarts Law as an associate from the London office of Shepherd & Wedderburn.

 

Midlands

Restructuring and insolvency specialist Deborah Jenkin Jones has joined Freeth Cartwright. Previously a partner and head of Geldards’ corporate recovery team, Jenkin Jones has joined the firm as a legal director.

Scotland

 

Bond Pearce has added oil and gas solicitor Laura Petrie to its Aberdeen office. She joins from Aberdeen firm Paull & Williamsons, where she was also a solicitor.

HBJ Gateley Wareing has hired real estate partner Caroline James from Tods Murray, where she was a partner, and corporate recovery partner Tim Cooper from Squire Sanders Hammonds, where he was also a partner. James will be based in the Glasgow office, with Cooper based in Edinburgh and splitting his time between the two offices.

Europe

Loyens & Loeff has made up four lawyers to its partnership in Luxembourg. Fréderic Franckx joins the corporate partnership; Judith Raijmakers and Vassiliyan Zanev join the banking and finance partnership; and Johan Terblanche joins the investment management partnership.

Latham & Watkins has bolstered its Paris corporate department with the hire of two senior lawyers from Debevoise & Plimpton. Patrick Laporte, who was co-managing partner of Debevoise’s Paris office, along with Pierre-Louis Cléro, who was an international counsel, have both joined Latham as partners.

Covington & Burling has announced that Jean de Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy adviser based in Brussels. Most recently de Ruyt served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU and he was also the chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives during the

2010 Belgian presidency.

Australia 

 

Nick Humphrey, a former partner and national head of private equity at Norton Rose’s Australia office, has joined Sparke Helmore Lawyers as the firm’s national corporate practice group leader.

Asia

DLA Piper has hired an international trade lawyer from retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. William Marshall joins as of counsel, having been the company’s in-house counsel in Asia.

Offshore

 

Appleby has appointed Kiernan Bell as managing partner in Bermuda. She takes over from Shaun Morris following an uncontested election.

Ogier has promoted commercial real estate lawyer Jonathan Hughes to its partnership.

The bar

 

3 Verulam Buildings senior clerk Nick Hill is to leave to take up the same role at IP set 3 New Square, where he replaces Ian Bowie.